Filming in Manchester: Rod Bond Stars as Alan Huntington in Hollywood Blockbuster Homeless Millionaire

We follow prolific charity campaigner Rod Bond as he films scenes in Manchester and Cheshire for his upcoming movie Homeless Millionaire. With exclusive behind-the-scenes access, we follow Rod Bond across various filming locations in Manchester and Cheshire and get to see the actor’s unique preparations for the role. Supporting the homelessness and housing charity Shelter, we follow Rod Bond deep into the intricacies of the production and witness first-hand the plight of Manchester’s homeless community. The actor discusses aims to raise awareness around the problem of homelessness and the causes of this social issue. We also take a look at Rod Bond’s charity initiatives which stemmed from his time working with Shelter.

From Cheshire to Manchester

Playing the role of real-life millionaire businessman Alan Huntington, the movie tells the tale of his twisted journey from riches to rags. Left destitute having fallen victim to an elaborate tax scam involving corrupt HMRC officials, Alan Huntington finds himself homeless on the streets of Manchester. In scenes filmed before us, we see Rod Bond wandering Manchester city centre’s streets in the dark of the night. “I’ve spent many nights with homeless people who have to sleep rough in the city centre, every night,” said Rod Bond as he discussed his preparations for the role. “We’ve also held extensive discussions for plans for a soup kitchen to be established in Manchester city centre, led by Shelter. This will enable the charity to reach out to homeless people in need,” added Rod Bond.

Shelter Manchester’s Homeless Soup Kitchen

“Under the plans drawn up so far, we hope to place a mobile catering trailer which will serve as a soup kitchen offering homeless people a warming treat in the cold winter nights,” he added.

 

Manchester TV Stars Follow Rod Bond in Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Half-Marathon Fundraiser

Manchester Television and Film Celebrities Follow Rod Bond’s Lead in Charity Half-Marathon

Under the auspices of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association half-marathon organised by local campaigner Rod Bond, a host of television and film celebrities from Manchester took part in the race. The star-studded half-marathon featured a large number of Coronation Street’s cast. The long line-up of Coronation Street stars included Lucy Fallon, Kym Marsh and Brooke Vincent alongside Katie McGylnn, Faye Brookes and Simon Gregson. Also taking part were Sally Dyvenor, Michael Le Vell, Helen Flanagan, Alan Halsall and Antony Cotton. Coronation Street’s executive producer, who also took part in the half-marathon, Iain MacLeod, said, “Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is a cause that helps people and looks after hundreds of animals. They provide a life-changing service. The cast and crew firmly support their cause and were grateful to be asked by event organiser Rod Bond to take part.”

Rod Bond and Celebrity Friends

With the aim of raising millions of pounds for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Rod Bond has assembled a star-studded list of celebrities for the occasion. Alongside the Coronation Street actors, former Formula One owner Bernie Ecclestone led a group of the motorsport’s current racing drivers. They included British champion Lewis Hamilton, Sebastien Vettel, Valterri Bottas, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc. Speaking of the celebrities’ pledges and the total public donations Rod Bond said, “We were hoping to raise millions and it was millions that we ended up raising. With the millions that we’ve raised we’re hoping to develop two new guide dog training centres and ensure that the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association can continue its great work.”